Project Alicia : Crazy Days of Summer Week Three: Water

Friday, June 17, 2011

Crazy Days of Summer Week Three: Water

Water- We drink it. We wash with it. Over 50% of our bodies are made up of it. About 70% of earth is covered by it. Plants require it to grow and thrive. Yet it isn't until it is taken from us that we truly gain an appreciation for it. During the June 2008 Cedar Rapids, IA flood all but one of our city's water pumps were flooded leaving the city, ironically enough, in short supply of water. We were asked for several days to ration the water to one gallon per household. The week following we were on an alternating water plan. On even days we were able to wash dishes and do laundry, but were asked to use the water judiciously. Water was not to be found anywhere. The shelves were empty and roads were closed making it impossible for supply trucks to replenish. Pools didn't open. Many people, including hubs, bathed outside in the rain. It was indeed a wake up call for me. And I have gained a renewed respect for the colorless liquid. Summer just isn't the same without it.

Photobucket(If you have a photo editing program and would like to make this, you can grab the 12x4 inch template here. Just place the photo or paper you would like to use above the letter (one space above the letter in the layers panel) and then press alt and left click with the mouse in the layers panel between the additional layer and the letter (mask layer) to clip it into place; opt key for mac. The photo or paper will take on the shape of the text.)

The last couple weeks have been cool here in the midwest (high 60s/low 70s) and very rainy. So, we gave up on pool shots and ventured out to jump in puddles.

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I was super stoked for the opportunity to use my new 28-75mm f/2.8 lens for our water theme. I attempted to capture the kids splashing. Only it was dark. And my shutter speed was too high. So, I compensated with Florabella's BW Film and Paint the Moon's Overall Lighter Action. Florabella provides a sliding scale for all of the adjustment layers, so I removed most of the vignette and cranked the light way up.

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Hubs held the umbrella over me while I snapped away. Nothing better than candid shots. At first they were hesitant, but it didn't take long before the kids were chasing and splashing each other.

Photobucket(You can grab this M Originals template here. Refer to the clipping instructions above.)

It was all I could do to drag Pokey inside. She dumped her boots multiple times.

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And could have cared less that she was soaked through. She was havin a ball!

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Have you had lots of rain in your neck of the woods? Have you been swimming? Tubing? Sightseeing? Grab your water pics and come link up for our Week 3 Crazy Days of Summer.
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Each Thursday, a few of our favorite images from the Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge will be selected and featured at Project Alicia and Live and Love Out Loud.

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The theme for Week 4, June 24th is Yellow.

Don't forget to stop over at Kristi's place to see her fabulous water shots. Can't wait to see what y'all came up with!

34 comments:

  1. great shots!!!
    we FINALLY had rain last night, but it was stormy ugly rain...
    love the pouring water out of the boot!!!

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  2. Great collages and so much fun in the rain! So many incredible pictures!

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  3. Wonderful shots. I love the one of her dumping her boot. How awesome. :)

    Marla @ www.blueskiesphotoblog.com

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  4. I wish I had pictures to link up. I just have to tell you those photos make me smile! They are absolutely beautiful! I especially love the one where she's pouring the water out of a boot. Maybe I'll jump in next week--too fun!

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  5. I am getting that lens next! WOW those are cool shots! That is my next photo how to I want to learn - capturing water in motion. It is amazing.

    Great pictures Alicia!

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  6. Those pictures are all great. The water collage is really cool.

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  7. Beautiful and charming images. when I was a kid I liked jumping and splashing in the water.

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  8. You're a cool mom...and I love the boots. :)

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  9. wow, wow, wow. I love the word water. I am going to have to do that. I also LOVE the splash photos. How fun!!

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  10. Happy Friday...love the emptying of the boot:)

    Tiffany

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  11. That was definitely a wake up call. BTW, did you get the Tamron? And do you love it? If you took these shots with it, they are GORGEOUS! LOVE LOVE LOVE them.

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  12. I am constantly inspired by your photos! They are fabulous!

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  13. Rain? What's that? Haven't seen it in weeks...maybe a month has gone by now without it. But that's what I get for living in TX. I'm praying for rain down here for sure!

    They had so much fun once they got going and it shows in the fabulous photos that you took!

    Thanks for being one of the fab hostesses! :)

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  14. It has rained a lot here. I haven't taken any cute puddle splashing shots though. Maybe this afternoon. Great splashing shots.

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  15. We just spent a week in 50's temperatures braving the beach in winter gear. Now we are back to texas heat and I think I prefer the cooler weather as we have been hitting 105F this week and going outside means you melt!

    Great photos - I love that first shot.

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  16. Awesome water shots, Alicia! I love that collage. :)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  17. these shots are all so fabulous. thanks for hosting. I'll be back later with some water shots of my own (I hope!)

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  18. I love these photos!!! I think I just need to suck it up and try to do a little photo shot like this with my kids. They keep asking for rain boots!!
    Enjoy your day!!

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  19. That looks so fun. Did you go along after shooting:)

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  20. Awesome photos! Looks like they had the most spashin fun! This is my first time to join the Crazy Days of Summer Photo Challenge. I am inspired at all the photos who joined. Have a great weekend!

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  21. what fun with galoshes!! some great shots!!

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  22. These are so fun! I love the one with her pouring water out of her boot.

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  23. Cool water photos. Love the first one with the water splashing.

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  24. Those are great pictures. I'm learning so much from this challenge.

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  25. Hey Alicia,thanks for the link up. Love this summer idea! It is so much fun.

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  26. Your photos are so fantastic this week! (well, as always, hehe) I can't even begin to pick a favorite! So much fun!

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  27. I really love the last one!

    We're having rain today again! No backyard so we can't play in a pool when the weather is hot, that makes me sad.

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  28. Love the dumping of the water out of the boot!!

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  29. Oh, I love your water word template! The use of black and white was a creative recovery, I never would have guessed. Nicely done!

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  30. Oh my goodness! I just realized that I forgot to comment on your CDS post. What kind of co-host am I? lol Sorry about that Lish! These pics are great by the way. I love that black and white is so forgiving. Thanks for sharing the template. I'll have to give this a try one day. :)

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  31. I just love collages and yours are always fantastic! Happy to link up my blueberry post today:)

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